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Malta, 1775: The Twilight of the Knights

spy of the king of France, and on the evening when Bartolomeo has seen him leave the house of Lucia Zoratto, he had actually met with his king’s emissaries, intending to move the cards to occupy the island on the death of Grand Master Pinto. Some months later, Henry, who is secretly an agent of the British crown, an enemy of France, has been given the task of eliminating de Compigny and having a knife accidentally dropped by Bartolomeo during a joint mission, has decided to put the blame of the murder on the brethren, though trying to allow him to escape thanks to the warning sent to him through Franz. However, now there is no longer any possibility of salvation for the Roman, who must be eliminated to prevent further investigations into the incident. Bartolomeo is convinced that his time has run out but, suddenly, he hears a shot from behind Henry: it is Franz who, having seen Henry take Bartolomeo away and thinking he could be of help to his friends, has followed the two, listening to the confession of his English Knight and, horrified by the story, to save Bartolomeo has been forced to kill Henry.
At this point, attracted by the shot, the Knights of the Grand Master’s Guard rush in, and the story stops.
The epilogue of the story briefly traces the fate of the protagonists after the narrated events: Rohan-Polduc, after the de facto exhaustion of Ximenez for bad governance, is elected as the new Grand Master of the Order and, after a few years, can obtain the removal of his enemy Monsignor Pellerano; some leaders of the rioters, judged for their insurrection, are hanged while others, depending on their degree of participation in the “revolution”, are sentenced to punishments varying from years of service in the galleys to life imprisonment. Don Mannarino is among those sentenced to life imprisonment (he will be freed only after the Napoleonic invasion of the island) while Ninu Fenech and Tereza, exiled, reunite with the girl’s husband in Russia, where they will live for the rest of their lives. Bartolomeo, now exonerated for the murder of Compigny by the testimony of Franz and pardoned for his role during the insurrection, remains in the Order, managing to be transferred to Rome. He will maintain for the rest of his life the regret for denying himself a future with the woman he loved.

The Order of the Hospitallers of St. John of Malta

Biography for Lawrence M.F. Sudbury

I was born in London on 25/06/1968 but I live near Milan.
I have a degree in Literature and I am specialized in marketing and advertising
I worked for about fifteen years dividing myself between a history chair in high school and the profession of AD consultant.
Since 2005 I have started to deal with religious history and sociology, obtaining a DA in Religious Studies in Texas, a Masters in Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Church History in Indiana (where, for some time, I taught as a freelance ).
In the following years (2008-2019), while maintaining my history chair in high school, I also dedicated myself to the pastoral care for a liberal religious denomination, becoming its Head of International Relations and I obtained a master’s degree in Journalism, specializing in Vatican Studies.
Since 2006 I have published historical-religious non-fiction texts with Il Melograno, Seneca Edizioni, Newburgh Seminary Press, EMI and EUM, receiving various reviews on local and national paper and on radio and participating in the Turin Book Fair.
I also held some conferences and collaborated with Italian and foreign universities and thematic portals (including “Centro Studi La Runa”, “Archeomedia”, “InStoria” and “Mondi Medievali” – Site of the Medieval History Institute of University of Bari) and specialist journals (“Segnocinema”, “InStoria”, “Fenix”), with over one hundred and fifty articles published. “
In 2021 I published my first “fiction” novel: “MALTA 1775: THE TWILIGHT OF THE KNIGHTS”. http://www.lmfsudbury.com/

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